Portlaoise Enterprise Centre has a voluntary Board of Directors who are committed to supporting and promoting enterprise development in Portlaoise.

We have nine directors from various business backgrounds as follows:

  • Brian Ogilvie (Chairperson)
  • Cllr Jerry Lodge (Vice Chairman)
  • Angela McEvoy (Secretary)
  • Councillor Willie Aird
  • Pat Culleton
  • Noel Hooban
  • Cian Prendergast
  • Evelyn Reddin
  • Cllr Mary Sweeney
Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Brian Ogilvie

BRIAN OGILVIE BSc, MSc, MBA
Chairperson

Brian Ogilvie is Head of Research and Commercialisation Support with the Institute of Technology Carlow where he is responsible for the management of the Institute’s collaboration with industry, knowledge transfer function and Research, Development & Innovation (RDI) supports.

Brian has 23 years’ experience working in the area of product innovation, technical and business management for both SME and Multinational Organisations.

He holds a BSc degree from National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), MSc in Technology Management from University College Dublin (UCD) and MBA from Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD.

Brian also lectures in Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Business Research at the Institute of Technology Carlow.

Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Jerry Lodge

COUNCILLOR JERRY LODGE
Vice Chairperson

Jerry Lodge, from Portlaoise, was educated at Portlaoise CBS, Carlow IT and Trinity College (M.Sc.).

A former insurance broker, he has always been actively involved in local politics and is member of Laois Co. Co. since 1974 and currently a member of Laois-Offaly ETB.

He is also a director of Portlaoise Enterprise Centre, Dunamaise Theatre and Portlaoise Leisure Centre. He is Chairman of Portlaoise Tidy Towns.

Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Angela McEvoy

ANGELA MCEVOY M.I.P.I.
Secretary

Angela has acted as secretary to Portlaoise Enterprise Board since 2011.

She is a  Senior Planner with Laois County Council since 2006, with responsibility for the Planning function of the Local Authority.

She is also involved with the Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) of Laois County Council for Planning and Economic Development, involved in the adoption of the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) for the County in 2016 and the adoption of the County Development Plan for County Laois 2017-2023.

Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Councillor Willie Aird

COUNCILLOR WILLIE AIRD
Board Member

A native of Portlaoise, William Aird is a dairy farmer and a dedicated and enthusiastic politician, who has served the people of Portlaoise since 1979.

He is active in all community matters and lists mayor of Portlaoise Town Council, chairperson of Portlaoise Leisure Centre, former cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, member of the Health Service Executive and member of Farming and Sporting Organisations among his many achievements.

Willie has been on the board of Portlaoise Enterprise Centre since 2009 and is Leas-Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council for 2017-18.

Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Pat Culleton

PAT CULLETON
Board Member

A native of Mountmellick, Pat was educated at the Christian Brothers School Portlaoise and Bolton Street College of Technology where he studied Architecture and Structural Design.

Pat then worked in a number of companies including Patrick Kelly Structural Engineers, Portlaoise; Laois County Council and Cement Roadstone Holdings (CRH) before starting his own construction company, Garoon Construction Ltd. in 1989.  The company deals mainly with industrial and commercial construction and heritage projects.

Pat has always had a keen interest in the community and voluntary sector and was a director of the Laois Enterprise Board (Chairman of it for seven years)and a committee member of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).  He currently sits on the board of Laois Partnership and Portlaoise Enterprise Centre.

In his spare time Pat enjoys playing golf, following G.A.A. and is an avid amateur photographer.

Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Noel Hooban

NOEL HOOBAN
Board Member

Noel has worked in the B2B Lead generation space since 2004 helping Sales and Marketing professionals in the technology sector to increase their sales pipeline.

Noel has a Bachelors Degree in IT and since graduating from college has, along with his business partners (including another local man Seamus Delaney), helped to set up three companies based out of Portlaoise – Target250, Internal Results and most recently Leadiro (a B2B data company www.leadiro.com). Target250 was acquired by DN Capital in 2010 employing in excess of 25 staff and Internal Results was acquired by NYC based company Madison Logic in 2016 employing in excess of 50 staff. Noel is now focused on the newly set up Leadiro office in Portlaoise.

Outside of work Noels family keep him on his toes, especially his young daughters. Noel is a big soccer fan. He still tries to play but reluctantly admits the glory days are gone.

Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Cian Prendergast

CIAN PRENDERGAST
Board Member

Cian first became Microsoft certified in 2002 on the NT platform. He has a HND in Computer Science and C&G level 1,2 & 3 in Advanced Technology as well as achieving certifications in numerous other IT products and services over the years including certifications in HP, Citrix, Ericom and Axis but to name a few.

Over the duration of 12 years Cian has worked in Eurosoft, Softech, Netwatch & Mongey Communications at management level in both technical and operational capacities. Specialising in remote solutions, multisites and hosted services he has specified, installed, project managed and managed the support for clients such as Punch, The Irish Prison Service, An Garda Siochana, Firstcare Ireland, Eddie Rockets, Sparrow Insurance, Avid Partners, HRM recruitment, Bastow Charleton, Rockwell Finance, Home Instead Ireland, O’Briens Sandwich Bars as well as hundreds more in his career. Cian founded Ortus Limited in 2008 and has used every bit of his experience to provide a fresh, young, energetic approach to I.T. based on communication with clients and building a highly technical & innovative team of A players.

Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Evelyn Reddin

EVELYN REDDIN
Board Member

Evelyn Reddin started her career in Laois County Council where she worked in a number of different sections before moving to the Local Enterprise Office (formerly Laois  County Enterprise Board).

She was appointed Head of Enterprise  in 2014 and her role   is to  help drive the development of local enterprise within the County.

The Local Enterprise Office  (LEO)  supports  business start-ups and work to increase the job potential of new and existing micro and small businesses with information, advice, training, mentoring, seminars and selective financial support.

The LEO plays a key role in supporting entrepreneurship and enterprise development along with other key stakeholders in the county to ensure a more co-ordinated approach to enterprise support.

Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Mary Sweeney

COUNCILLOR MARY SWEENEY
Board Member

Mary has been a County Councillor at Laois County Council since 1999 representing the Portlaoise Municipal District and was nominated to become a member of the Enterprise Centre board nine years ago.

Mary is a member of Laois/Offaly E.T.B. and also a member of staff at Portlaoise Library. In her spare time Mary enjoys attending events at the Dunamaise Theatre, of which she has been a board member for many years. Mary has been an active member of many community groups and continues to support and encourage active participation in these organisations.